Monday, November 21, 2016

Thank You TMBG Fans! Thanks Johns!

Close up of the TMBPTMBG Map
Where do I begin? This last Friday's They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants was one of the funnest days I've had on the radio. This was the third time we'd been asked to honor James Ensor's death by our Day Sponsors Tom and Chantill. Every year has been bigger than the last, and the listener response has only grown and grown. We knew going into this that we'd be hearing from TMBG fans world wide, but even that knowledge didn't prepare us for the onslaught. Walking into the station at 5:45 we already had text requests waiting for us. Before we even played one request Friday morning we had already heard from TMBG fans in 16 different States. Six a.m. came, Meet James Ensor began and we were off to the races. The requests started flooding in immediately and we were crazy busy trying to keep up with them! The picture below shows just the requests that were coming in on twitter!

The Twitter requests were piling in.
It was exciting to see the song requests roll in like this and it made the ten hours just fly by. The love of this band by their fans was clearly evident, and this year we managed to hit our goal of getting requests from all 50 States with almost two hours to spare. In fact we even heard from Puerto Rico!

New map for a new year.

The official State and International list at the end of the day.
By the end we had more than tripled the number of International Countries that we'd heard from last year - with many more requests coming in from the UK, Germany, Canada and Scandinavia. New Countries included: Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, Israel, and Russia. The world is filled with They Might Be Giants fans, and I fond that very comforting.

From Left to Right: Our Day Sponsors Tom and Chantill, Shyboy Tim and Shelley
And as if all of that weren't enough, we were joined by both John Flansburgh and John Linnell during the day. We asked for questions from you and we were able to ask many of them. I apologize if we didn't get to one of yours - we will hold on to them for next year if the opportunity arises again. We want to thank both of the Johns for taking time out of their busy schedules to check in with us, and for helping get the word out among the fans. Every time Flans tweeted for requests we were flooded with them - which was really exciting! As a long time fan of this band it is always a thrill to have an opportunity to speak to them, and I am glad that we got to include your questions in the interviews.

The playlist - by the end we had played 151 songs!
We are still trying to recover from such an exciting day. We want to thank our Day Sponsors Tom and Chantill for such an amazing day and for supporting community radio on KMSU. Thanks to our station manager James "Gully" Gullickson for helping out with the technical difficulties we encountered and for allowing ten hours of They Might Be Giants on the air. Thanks to all of you who requested music, helped me find the songs I couldn't find, sent in questions for the Johns, or just listened in and shared your love of the band with us. I played as many of your requests as I could, and you all made for a great play list. And last but certainly not least thanks to John Flansburgh and John Linnell, not only for making some of my favorite music ever, but for being so gracious with your time and energy. You are the best!

We will see you all next year - I don't know how we begin to top this years They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants, but we will do our best!

Cheers - Shelley

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